62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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16/2019, 04.11.2019

DOK Leipzig 2019 concludes with mass appeal


More industry attendees than ever before in Leipzig


The 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig ended with a bustling turnout. A total of 48,000 filmgoers and visitors came to the cinemas and festival events during the past week. (...)


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15/2019, 02.11.2019

EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR is awarded the Golden Dove International Competition Long at DOK Leipzig


STATUS AND TERRAIN wins the German Competition Long | Three Awards for EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR


The award-winners of DOK Leipzig have been finalized. A total of 24 awards were presented during the gala award ceremony at the Kupfersaal in Leipzig. The film EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR has been awarded the Golden Dove International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film. In this work, Lithuanian filmmakers Audrius Mickevičius and Nerijus Milerius explore guilt and atonement as experienced by two convicted felons serving life sentences.(...)

14/2019, 30.10.2019

Christoph Terhechte Confirmed as DOK Leipzig Festival Director


Christoph Terhechte will be artistic director of DOK Leipzig as well as managing director of Leipziger Dok-Filmwochen GmbH effective 1 January 2020, the Leipzig City Council resolved on Wednesday, 30 October 2019. (...)

13/2019, 28.10.2019

Festive Opening to the 62nd Edition of DOK Leipzig


DOK Leipzig had its ceremonial opening on Monday (28 Oct.), attended by some 700 people, with the world premiere of the film THE FORUM. (...)

12/2019, 23.10.2019

DOK Leipzig Awards Record-Setting Prize Money Totalling 82,000 Euros


A record-setting 82,000 euros in prize money will be awarded during this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig. In addition, the festival features non-cash prizes valued at an additional 11,000 euros, which filmmakers can for instance use for the development of their film projects. (...)

11/2019, 10.10.2019

The Programme of DOK Leipzig 2019 Is Complete


This year, DOK Leipzig is presenting 310 films and interactive works from 63 countries. Altogether, 3,000 films were considered, of which 161 have made it into the festival’s Official Selection.(...)

10/2019, 08.10.2019

DOK Neuland 2019: Unusual Perspectives


The interactive exhibition, which runs from 29 October to 2 November 2019 in the scope of DOK Leipzig, will be shown for the first time at Leipzig’s Museum der bildenden Künste (MdbK). The immersive worlds of the twelve new media works featured here, hailing from countries such as Kenya, Taiwan, and Israel, offer viewers a chance to encounter underrepresented narratives and stories situated beyond the usual perspectives of majority society.(...)

09/2019, 01.10.2019

DOK Industry 2019: New Work-In-Progress Award 


TFrom 28 October to 3 November some 1,800 trade visitors will flock to Leipzig for networking at Germany's largest documentary film gathering.(...)

08/2019, 27.09.2019

This year’s international guests will bring a wide range of cinema expertise to their work.  


The jury for the International Competition for Long Documentary and Animated Film consists this year of Albanian filmmaker lris Elezi, scriptwriter and filmmaker Jaqueline Zünd and filmmaker Goran Dević. (...)

07/2019, 26.09.2019

Marcus Vetter’s THE FORUM to Open DOK Leipzig 2019


The 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig will open on 28 October 2019 with the world premiere of director Marcus Vetter’s documentary THE FORUM. Vetter and producer Christian Beetz are the first in the fifty-year history of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos to succeed in sending an independent film team behind the scenes of this international gathering. (...)

Press Release, City of Leipzig | 23.09.2019

Christoph Terhechte to become new artistic and managing director of DOK Leipzig

On 1 January 2020, Christoph Terhechte is to take over as the new artistic director of the DOK Film Festival and managing director of Leipziger Dok-Filmwochen GmbH. A selection committee has recommended Mr. Terhechte as the most suitable candidate taking part in the selection process.(...)

06/2019, 19.09.2019

The DOK Co-Pro Market 2019: A Plethora of Perspectives and Visual Languages


This year the 15th DOK Co-Pro Market once again provides the opportunity for international film projects still in development to find co-production and financing partners. Some 309 projects were submitted, 35 of which have now been selected for the platform. They come from 40 countries.(...)

05/2019, 17.09.2019

Weltkino is donating the Golden Dove in the German Competition of DOK Leipzig


DOK Leipzig has a new prize donor. For the 62nd edition of the festival, film distributor Weltkino is donating the 10,000-euro Golden Dove in the German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film. Each year from among the films submitted, the festival selects some ten outstanding German productions for this prestigious competition, all of them contending for this award.(...)

04/2019, 12.09.2019

Distinguished Festival Guests: The Brothers Quay Come to DOK Leipzig


Three Special Programmes on animated films | Special Programme Line-Up Confirmed | Jürgen Kuttner returns


The Brothers Quay, masters of stop-motion and puppet animation, are distinguished guests at this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig. In the Brothers Quay night*footnotes they’ll personally give the audience a glimpse of their creative work. In the Special Programme Potentiae Materialis: Homage Brothers Quay, DOK Leipzig will be showing a selection of the artistic duo’s ethereal, sometimes creepy, but always striking works. Part of the programme will consist of a series of films that the brothers have been given carte blanche to curate themselves. In addition, the Brothers Quay have contributed this year’s festival trailer. (...)

03/2019, 06.08.2019

Symposium as Part of DOK Leipzig 2019: Who Owns the Truth?


Two days of the festival dedicated to how documentaries engage with political opponents | First Special Programmes announced


During this year’s edition, DOK Leipzig aims to create even more room for debate. The festival is putting on a two-day symposium entitled Who Owns the Truth? to explore and discuss the different ways in which filmmakers engage with political opponents. (...)

02/2019, 27.06.2019

New prize for female directors at the DOK Co-Pro Market


The Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts will award a 5.000 Euro development prize


Female directors will have the chance to win a new prize at DOK Leipzig, in the form of financial support for the development of their film projects. Together with the Saxon State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (SMWK), DOK Leipzig will award an outstanding documentary film project selected for the DOK Co-Pro Market, further expanding the festival’s commitment to women in the documentary industry. The Development Prize for the Best Female Director of the Saxon State Minister for the Arts is endowed with 5,000 Euros. (...)

01/2019, 04.03.2019

Let's Get Started: DOK Leipzig 2019 Is Open for Entries


From now on documentaries, animated films and animated documentaries of all lengths as well as interactive works can be submitted to the 62nd edition of DOK Leipzig. The submitted films may be nominated for one of the festival’s six prestigious competitions and several special awards with a total prize money of about 75,000 euros. Additionally, DOK Leipzig is a qualifying festival for the ACADEMY AWARDS© and the European Film Awards. (...)